a yeast-raised, doughnut-shaped roll with hard crust
Mr. Pendanski returned with two cartons of orange juice and two
thin pancake folded around a filling and fried or baked
Where most versions of the
blintz are heavy and dense, the Fromin’s
blintzes tend to be on the lighter side, perfectly browned and with just enough cheese in the middle.
blintz derives from the Old Russian
blinu, which then became modern Russian
blinyets, meaning "little pancake." It entered English through Yiddish in 1903 and can be spelled either
unbelievable gall; insolence; audacity
I was always shocked by the
chutzpah, the gall of these employers, presenting such documents as freely given worker statements—and insulting our intelligence in the process.
an artificial human that is given life by supernatural means
Wanting to help her people, Hanna takes what she’s learned from her surreptitious reading of her husband’s Kabbalah and creates a protective spirit — a
golem — who looks just like her own dead son.
someone who is clumsy
For every budding culinary genius among us, however, there will always be a kitchen
klutz who bungles the recipe and burns everything to cinders.
conforming to dietary laws
“That’s good. Your father said to tell you this is a
kosher hospital, and you are to eat everything.”
a pancake made of grated potato
As in, when making the delightful potato pancakes called
latkes, start with shredded hash brown potatoes.
brine-cured salmon that is lightly smoked
The fruit was fresh, the croissant was buttery and flaky, and the bagel crisps featured a generous portion of fresh
one who is very skilled in or knowledgeable about a field
Ms. Serwaa is a
maven at the thrift store and prides herself on finding deals to help provide clothing and household items for her family.
snack or eat lightly
She did persuade him to get an appetizer of crawfish hush puppies, while she
noshed on gnocchi.
(Jewish folklore) a demon that enters the body of a living person and controls that body's behavior
The boys actually think he’s possessed, by a
dybbuk in the guise of their mother’s ghost.
artful or slick talk used to persuade
Bob Presto was giving his
spiel: “Ladies and gentlemen, are you ready for a truly electrifying experience?”
an inexpensive showy trinket
Six stories and 38,000 square feet hold Maisel’s catalog, as well as an archive of
tchotchkes and trinkets that he’s lovingly collected for decades in thousands of drawers and filing cabinets.
a skullcap worn by religious Jews, especially at prayer
The players wear
yarmulkes, or Jewish skullcaps, during the playing of the Israeli national anthem.
make unwanted and intrusive comments
In fairness, though, it’s hard to control the urge to
kibitz when so much is on the line in American politics.